Top Tips for you and your Chimney
- Get your chimney swept at least once a year and a Certificat de Ramonage as required by your insurance
- It is better to burn hard woods than soft woods. Not only do hard woods burn slower, making them more economical, they also make the fire burn hotter. A hotter fire reduces the amount of creosote deposited inside the chimney, which will help keep your chimney cleaner for longer. Reducing the amount of this flammable substance inside your chimney also has considerable safety benefits.
- Use smokeless coal rather than standard
- Do not use artificial logs, unless sourced from FSC certified source.
- Always install and test a carbon monoxide detector – make sure it is located adjacent to the stove and about 150mm below the ceiling
- Purchase a good guard for your fireplace. A fire with a well-functioning chimney is still unsafe if sparks from the fireplace come into contact with a carpet or furniture.
- The best safety precaution you can take is to have your chimney cleaned and inspected by a qualified chimney sweep on a regular basis. There are, however, certain warning signs that you can look out for yourself for example a fire that is burning more slowly than usual can be sign of a partially blocked chimney, as can the presence of smoke in the room.
- Get a proper bird guard fitted on every chimney